Properties of elements on UML use case diagrams


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In a UML Use Case Diagram, each element on the diagram has properties. To see the properties of an element, right-click the element on the diagram or in UML Model Explorer and then click Properties. The properties appear in the Properties window.

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This topic is about the properties of elements in UML Use Case Diagrams. For more information about how to read UML activity diagrams, see UML Use Case Diagrams: Reference. For more information about how to draw UML activity diagrams, see UML Use Case Diagrams: Guidelines.

NameA default nameAllIdentifies the element.
Qualified NamePackage :: NameAllIdentifies the element uniquely. Prefixed with the qualified name of the package that contains it.
Work Items0 associatedAllThe number of work items associated with this element. To associate work items, see Link model elements and work items.
Description(none)AllYou can make general notes about the element here.
Color(default)AllThe color of the shape. Unlike other properties, this is a not a property of the element that the shape displays.
Image Path(none)ActorThe file path of an image that should be used instead of the default actor icon. The icon should be a resource file within the Visual Studio project.
Subjects(none)Use CaseThe Subsystem or other type that owns the use case.

You can set it by placing the use case on a Subsystem in the diagram.
VisibilityPublicUse Case, Actor, SubsystemPublic - globally visible.

 Package - visible within the package.
IsAbstractFalseUse Case, Actor, SubsystemIf true, the type cannot be instantiated, and is intended as a base for specialization by other definitions.
Is Indirectly InstantiatedTrueSubsystemThe subsystem exists only as a design artifact. At run time, only its parts exist.
Hyperlink(none)ArtifactThe URL or file path of the diagram or document to which the artifact provides a link.

For a list of the properties of associations, see Properties of associations on UML class diagrams.

UML Use Case Diagrams: Reference
UML Use Case Diagrams: Guidelines